Profiles: 46th District Assembly candidates

Rep. Gary Hebl (D) v. Trish Schaefer (R)
Profiles: 46th District Assembly candidates
Rep. Gary Hebl (D) v. Trish Schaefer (R)

Gary Hebl: Real Estate Attorney
Trish Schaefer: Real Estate

Where they stand

News 3 anchor Eric Franke began his conversation with the 46th Assembly District candidates by asking Trish Schaefer what she sees as the solution to Wisconsin’s “brain drain,” an issue she’s outlined in her campaign.

Trish Schaefer: “We are actually the second highest taxing state in the nation, and of course you’ve all heard the recent review that Dane County is the highest taxing county in that state, in the State of Wisconsin here. So we really have a taxing situation and that brings the brain drain to the forefront, because we have a real trouble attracting good businesses. So these college seniors are seeking employment in other states, they’re just looking for suitable employment and the other real big export problem we have are the retirees. A few publications lately have given Wisconsin the ranking of the worst place to retire, and again it’s in part due to our increase in high property tax.”

Eric Franke: “What can you say about property taxes and how can we rein those in as a state?”

Gary Hebl: “Right now, our taxing situation in Wisconsin really penalizes the middle class. The most important thing we can do as a legislature is to provide quality education to our students from K-12 onto technical college school and on to colleges, universities, and that’s the most important factor when it comes to job creation.”

Eric Franke: “Now the collective bargaining issue of course was so huge this last term, and now it’s in court systems. But Trish, if you were elected do you think this will come to the floor again and do you think it will be a topic of discussion?”

Profiles: 46th District Assembly candidates

Trish Schaefer: “Well, I mean I support Act 10 and I support putting the power, the decisions, the reforms that are really necessary, I support putting that into the hands of the elected school board members and the parents. And I think that it was the most important aspect of Act 10 that it brought this control back to the people who need to be running these schools.”

Eric Franke: “Rep. Hebl, if it gets through the court systems and it’s put back in place, Act 10, do you expect Democrats to battle against Act 10 again next session?”

Gary Hebl: “Oh certainly, and we’re in a desperate situation where we’re going to see significant cuts to the educational process. There are many elements of Act 10 that need to be either changed or reformed or eliminated. The process, even the governor, says that the process, if he had to do it over again would have done it a different way. He would’ve been more informative. You know we sat through, our minority caucus sat through, 140 hours of public hearings. We listened to over 18,000 citizens of this state testify as to how Act 10 would affect them. It is devastating what it has done, and you talk about collective bargaining as being a part of this, Act 10 was like a budget repair bill, and collective bargaining is not part of the budget.”